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Poster: Scrim Date: Sep 11, 2007 10:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: buying bootlegs...

When I first started listening to the Dead, my friend had quite a few tapes that he was getting from his brother, so I always had a steady stream of live music. And as the years go by, you meet more and more friends with large collections and the trading can go on forever. BUT, for the most part, the tapes were nth generation, high-speed dubed, Dolby'd out, lots of drop outs, and out of phase. It was difficult to get real good recordings that would stand their own on a nice stereo.

In my travels, I would go to record stores that sold bootleg albums, and I would usually buy them in hopes of getting some good quality live Dead. Most of the time I would get some good stuff, and other times it was same hissy stuff pressed to vinyl! I think the average price was about $10, and I maybe bought 10 or 15 total. Then CD's starting taking off and I jumped on the digital bandwagon. Seemed like it took a long time for bootleg CD's to start emerging.


(EDIT: I have always been looking for a particular show. The album was titled "Garcias Gang" and I think it had only one drummer, 1971-ish, and it had a really groovy Sugar Mag. I know, not a lot to go from, and the album is long gone, but if that title sparks a memory with anyone, let me know!)

(EDIT 2: I decided to google "garcia's Gang, and it actually came up. Fugitive Records (1986), 4-26-71 Fillmore East. Damn, this internet thing is way too cool at times.)


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Poster: huntr Date: Sep 11, 2007 3:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: buying bootlegs...

Google is your friend

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Sep 12, 2007 12:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: buying bootlegs...

There was place called "UnderGround Records" in San Francisco and San Jose. They used to sell bootleg vinyl in a bin right next to the exits. We used to see them at the flea market on Berryessa Road too. A friend in Berkeley used to buy his bootlegs at Leopold's BookStore.

It wouldn't surprise me, if you still find some recycled used bootleg vinyl at Logo's in downtown Santa Cruz even now; but in a modern world of CDs - who cares.

Still have my old LP records from the closings of the Fillmore West 7-2-71 and Winterland 12-31-78'; but haven't looked for such ghings in almost 30 years...

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Poster: huntr Date: Sep 13, 2007 4:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: buying bootlegs...

Johnnys Records in CT..

I got burned paying for cassettes that sounded like they were recorded from the Lot....

nothing I ever go there was any good ... and of course you couldn't check it out 1st.. or return it.

vinyl was WAY too expensive there

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Poster: JWT Date: Sep 26, 2007 10:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: buying bootlegs...

"Garcia's Gang" is an excellent bootleg from '71, but the sound quality is average for a bootleg -- a bit shrilly. I bought it new in Cambridge, MA the year it was released (1986). The most incredible and collectible thing about this album is that Duane Allman and Jerry play together on 3 of the 7 tracks. It's funny: an official Dead album alludes to their having played together, but this bootleg album is the only album I have ever found with the two of them together. There is one track, "It Hurts me Too," that is better than the rest of the album combined. Duane starts it with his signature whining style, and he and Jerry take turns whaling on their guitars. Oddly, Pigpen starts on harmonica at one point and then just drops off, and the rest continue to play backup as if he's still playing. Then later he does play a nice harp solo. Weird. Very tasty album, but turn down the treble. Definitely one of the most valuable and unique albums in my collection of 1000+. The five band members look like hoodlums on the professional-looking black album cover. Genius hoodlums.